Showing posts from November, 2009

She Follows Me, She Follows Me Not

Project: Decide on the right process to decide on a 'Following' Policy on Twitter. Description: Research Twitter following techniques and decide on one. Project Goals: Determine the best policy when it comes to following Twitter users and write an Area 51 report concerning it. Results : I found a beacon of light in an otherwise bleak landscape. @lisamariadias I think you are GREAT! After closing my Twitter account about a year ago, I re-registered a few accounts a couple of months back and have slowly been digesting and declining the avalanche of users that have been offering to follow me… in return for my following them. I've even been followiing @GuyKawasaki for a month trying to determine the best policy of following. Guy says follow everybody and everybody follow him. That's just not for me. I actually like to READ the tweets, and I actually write my own tweets. That's apparently an outdated concept according to Guy. After Guy posted some l

Yum Yum Pecan Pie

A delicious pecan pie , made with brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, vanilla, and pecans. Use the flaky pie pastry below or your own favorite, or use a purchased unbaked refrigerated or frozen pie shell. Ingredients: * Pie Pastry * 1 cup all-purpose flour * 2/3 cup cake flour * 1 tablespoon powdered sugar * 1/2 teaspoon salt * 4 tablespoons cold butter, cut in small pieces * 5 tablespoons shortening, cut in small pieces * 1/4 cup ice-cold water * 1 egg white, lightly beaten, optional Pecan Pie Filling * 3 large eggs, beaten * 1 cup light corn syrup * 1/8 teaspoon salt * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract * 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed * 2 tablespoons melted butter * 1 1/4 cups pecan halves Preparation: In food processor, combine flours, sugar, and salt. Pulse a few times to combine. Sprinkle pieces of butter over the flour mixture, stir in lightly, then pulse about 6 times. Sprinkle shortening pieces over the mixture, stir in lightly, then pulse about 6 to 7 more t

Setting up RSS feeds in Joomla using Labels in Blogger

Project: Setting up individual RSS feeds using Labels Description: A project to allow me to use content from a Blogger site, filtered by Labels, to provide specific content for other websites. Project Goals: Upload a blog entry on Blogger and display on more than one site using Labels to make the content specific to the content of the webpage on a Joomla site. I wanted to be able to create an RSS feed using Labels on Blogger so that I could create content for a few Joomla sites and only have to enter the article/content once. Feedburner is easy enough to use, but it has no easy mechanism to accomplish this. The reason I would want to do this is so that some readers might want to subscribe only for topics under a specific Label. I found out I could do this by using the following url on my Blogger based site. Once I do that, all I have to do is burn the feed using Feedburner and then enter that i

RSS Feeds from Blogger to Joomla…and back.

Project: Integration of , and other sites Company Name : Sales Training And Networking Contact: Stan Bush Contact Phone: (478) 227-4736 or (478) 227-4SEO Contact Email : Contact Twitter : stanbush Contact Facebook : Description: I have a need for various feeds to provide the content for certain sites. This is a solution oriented document on how I got that to work. Project Goals : Have RSS feeds from Sales Training And Networking - A Joomla Installation, display on Surfin With Stan a blogger/WordPress Installation. We will also do this in reverse and have Surfin With Stan feeds show up on Sales Training And Networking site. 10 points: Start with the end in mind (see goals) Get the RSS Feeds on Blogger in a usable form. The easiest way to do this is to go to 'more' in your Google Account and select 'FeedBurner'. Once you activate it the URL

What makes a blog

Project: What do we need to do in a blog? And Why do we need to do them? Company Name : Sales Training And Networking Contact: Stan Bush Contact Phone: (478) 227-4736 or (478) 227-4SEO Contact Email : Contact Twitter : stanbush Contact Facebook : Description: Why do I write blogs and what are the key things I try to accomplish when I do them? Project Goals : To explain the key things that you will need to do when you create a blog for STAN, Gawebs, or your own site. 10 Points I recently created a blog on the site . The blog is about Google profiles and is titled "How to write your google profile" . You can find it here or you can simply do a Google Search for "How to write your google profile". At the time of this writing it is number 2 AND 3 on Google when searching for that phrase. And that is the point of this paper… to tell you how to do that for the content that YOU

How do I remove a page from Google?

Project: How do I remove a page from Google? Company Name : Sales Training And Networking Contact: Stan Bush Contact Phone: (478) 227-4736 or (478) 227-4SEO Contact Email : Contact Twitter : Contact Facebook : Description: I wrote an article called " How to Write Your Google Profile ". I mistakenly submitted it twice to my Blogger account " Surfin With Stan ". When I realized it, I deleted one of the post…and guess what? The posts were coming up number one and two in the Google results. Since I had deleted one of them, this meant that it was giving a 404 error whenever someone clicked the link. Although they could click back to the results, and hit the second results to find the page, I didn't think this would be the best solution. Goals for this project: Remove the missing URL from Google without suffering a loss of page position. 10 points: Start with the e

How to write your Google Profile

What is a Google Profile? Do you want to increase your visibility using whatever means are available to you on the Internet? If the answer is yes, then please read on. If it is no, hit the back button. If it is maybe, go  here   until you decide. I decided that I DID want to be found, but the problem was I share a name with a guy that is a Grammy winning songwriter. A formidable hurdle you might say, but I say "That ain't no hill for a climber." As you might have guessed, I've figured out how to get found anyway. Google profiles are connected to all of your Google accounts. The information can be shared between Blogger, Analytics, YouTube and probably all of the Google Apps. If you have a Gmail account, you already have a profile, you may just not know how to edit, manage or publish it. To get started, go to and login. Then click on +YourName, scroll over the dropdown menu on the left hand side and click profile. Your Name You can change y

Google Voice Contact Import

Project: Importing Google Voice Contacts Contact: Stan Bush Contact Phone: (478) 227 - 4SEO Company Name : Sales Training And Networking Contact Two: James Bush Contact email : Description: I needed to import some of my contacts into Google Voice. Mainly because I wanted to have them there and see what I could do with them Project Goals : Import into Google Voice all my contacts from WR Supply and current customers. Steps Copy the list of customers from the customer list… or see if you can find them on this machine Go thru the current contact list… mark the ones you want to export…and export them to csv Export Family into CSV Export Friends into CSV Login to Google Voice Import the GeorgiaWebs List Import Outlook File Import Family Import Friends Enjoy Issues Ok.. This wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be. … but I did decide to import my the whole Outlook DB and sort it out later. There were just too many contacts to go thru at one time

Google Voice - What is it?

I got signed up for my Google Voice account today and immediately received the following email : "Welcome to Google Voice! Google Voice gives you a single phone number that rings all your phones, saves your voicemail online, and transcribes your voicemail to text. Other cool features include the ability to listen in on messages while they are being left and the ability to make low cost international calls. To start enjoying Google Voice, just give out your Google Voice number. You can record custom greetings for your favorite callers or block annoying callers by marking them as SPAM. Just click on the settings link at the top of your inbox. We hope you enjoy Google Voice. 00:28" I'm brand spanking new at it so I'm trying to figure out "What does that mean?"… so I decide to call my phone number…and purposely not pick up. What happened with that call was very useful, highly technical, and extremely cool. I got an email that said 'Hello, Stan, Hello'.